A Colorful Love: Hip City Engagement Session in Brooklyn, NY

When Shakar and Kesha met at a construction site in Brooklyn, they did not immediately have a love connection.

At the time Kesha was a sheet metal apprentice and Shakar was an electrician’s apprentice. Their first conversation ended in them forging a year-long friendship before Shakar asked Kesha out on a date to see the movie “Brown Sugar.” It was the start of a love story that would span decades.

For their engagement session, they returned to Brooklyn, the place where they first met. MunaCoterie member, Photography by SENA, beautifully captured their love for each other and their love for the city of New York in their vibrant photos.

See all of the details below!

  • Couple: Mr. Shakar Swiney and Kesha Watkins
  • Occupations: Kesha is a Sanitation Worker with the NYC Department of Sanitation; Shakar is an Electrician Journeyman with IBEW Local Union #3.
  • Wedding Date: Our wedding date is set for October 10th, 2020, at The Coral House in Baldwin, NY.

How did you meet?

Kesha and Shakar met while working on the Brooklyn Federal Court House construction site in 2000. She at the time was a sheet metal apprentice and he was an electrician’s apprentice. They forged a year-long friendship before Shakar asked Kesha out on a date to see the movie Brown Sugar. As a couple, we share a love of God, cooking, and taking road trips.

How did he propose?

We encountered a brief separation after the passing of my father Mr. Nathan Watkins. Shakar asked me, Kesha, to accompany him to Roosevelt Field Mall, where we walked into Helzberg Jewelers. He asked me to pick out a ring because he wanted to make sure I knew that I am never alone in times of difficulty and to ensure we were never apart again.

Tell us about your engagement session.

Our engagement session theme was basically a culmination of our relationship taking place in Dumbo Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse as a backdrop. The area including Dumbo for us represented a place where our friendship began, and it was only fitting to commemorate the beginning of our next chapter in life there.

How has wedding planning been so far?

Wedding planning thus far has been slightly challenging, with the COVID-19 pandemic altering our very way of life. We are slowly coming to terms with the fact that we may have to condense our vision and opt for a simpler and more intimate event. So long as we are surrounded by family and friends on October 10th no matter the size or number in attendance, it will be a day of Love and Celebration.

Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day.

The most important moment for me as the bride is the look on Shakar’s face when I begin my processional, followed very closely by the reception in which both Shakar and I cannot wait to celebrate with family and friends.




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